The 4th of July Sparkles…It’s a Beautiful Holiday

Holidays are kind of special around here for multiple reasons.  First off, well they are holidays…DUH!  We get to grill, which we love.  We get to hang at the pool, which we love. We get to celebrate, which we love.  But most importantly, holidays are about spending family time together.  Quality time!  B gets the day off of work and I turn off(ish) all of my devices and we just “hang”.  It’s a beautiful thing.
The 4th of July is kind of extra special because it’s a day full of sparkles and as you know, I’m kind of fond of the sparkles.  So this holiday was full of fun, festivities, family times, and of course sparkles.  I worked the morning away, but then the fun kicked in.
 First off, a little fun time at the pool with the kids!
Then the sparklers “arrived”!  We started up the grill and as the ribs and sides cooked, we played! Life is good.
 Bug always sparkles, but she was particularly sparkly on this day!
And Angel was all aglow (which she hasn’t been as of late…more on that later).
 And the Bub was amazed by the “for real” sparkles!
 And he was a chip eating fool while we waited for the feast (oh who am I kidding? He’s always a chip eating fool).
But the day and night played out well.  We had fun, we laughed, and we played.  I couldn’t ask for anything more!  The meal was delicious (thank you Grill Master B).  I love spending time with the family.  And I didn’t die being unattached to my devices for the day (OK so seriously the Droid kept updating me but I wasn’t glued to the computer screen…it’s a start).
And the night ended with a sparkle….of course!  Bubby sparkles even without the sparklers but they sure did add a shine to his already sparkly personality, and a smile to all of our faces!
  It was a good day and it sparkled.  You can’t ask for much more than that!

I hope y’all enjoyed your 4th of July as much as we did!  I’d love to hear about it! It’s so important to unplug and enjoy sometimes (I know, it’s hard for me too).  I’m already looking forward to the next holiday!  How about you?

Pool Hoppin’ (Literally)

I’m not a photographer by any means, but every once in a while, I catch a shot that’s just too good not to share!  Memorial Day weekend brought many of these shots.  We practically lived at the pool all weekend and I was a snapping fool.

This shot of my “step” daughter is priceless!  I caught her in mid air, making an awesome face, and just having fun.  I love it and I hope you do too!

I hope your Memorial Day weekend was filled with fun, laughter, and special moments like mine.  Family time can’t be topped!  Goofy family time is priceless!  Enjoy the goofy moments in life, they’ll be the ones you miss most when your kids are grown.

Happy Memorial Day

Let’s all remember the reason we celebrate this day and thank a Soldier (or a gazillion…and if you’re reading this…thank you!).  But let’s also relish in the festivities!  My family has been hooping it up all weekend long!  Here’s just a little glimpse into our fun in the sun.  And there’s not only been swimming, but grilling, bike riding, and more outdoor play time.  I’m thankful to those that have given so much, and unfortunately some have had to give their lives, for the freedoms that my family is afforded!  We thank you, and we celebrate YOU!  Happy Memorial Day!

Yes, Happy Memorial Day!  Thank a soldier…you owe them your life as it stands. I don’t agree with war either but it’s a necessary evil in this world and thankfully, there are people willing to fight for US!  Rock on with your bad selves.  You are appreciated!
And for those mourning the loss of loved ones, I’m sorry, but he/she did not leave this Earth in vain.  My children have a better life because of their service.   We remember and we appreciate them.  Thank you for our freedoms!